- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The Montreal Canadiens have signed newly acquired forward Andrew Shaw to a six-year $23.4 million contract.
The Habs recently traded two 2016 second-round draft picks to the Chicago Blackhawks for Shaw.
According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the deal is front-loaded but doesn’t have a no-trade clause or a no-move clause. Shaw is coming off a two-year $4 million contract.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Roughly 26 years before Eric Lindros became a Hockey Hall of Famer, he was already being treated as such.
He was “The Next One.” He was a player whose combination of strength, size and offensive gifts was unmatched for a young player.
To understand the hype, the anticipation, the mania surrounding Lindros as he neared entrance into the NHL, just open up a wax pack of hockey cards, circa 1990.
That was when Score, the trading card company, made the unprecedented move of signing up Lindros to an exclusive endorsement deal as a junior hockey player. So a year before Lindros was eligible to be drafted, his “FUTURE SUPERSTAR” rookie card depicting him as a member of the OHL Oshawa Generals was already being coveted, as a part of a multi-card set.
This is not how things were done.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Former Boston Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque was arrested, booked and released on bail on Friday, June 24 for
Bourque was not scheduled to be arraigned until Tuesday; however he and his attorney appeared in court on Monday where Bourque entered a plea of 'not guilty.'
Details are now coming forth as to the circumstances surrounding Bourque's arrest, including his blood-alcohol content.
According to the Boston Globe, Bourque's BAC was allegedly .249, three times over the legal limit.
First reported by WCVB, police responded to a traffic accident at 11:30 p.m. They found Bourque's Mercedes had rear ended a Toyota minivan in a construction zone. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Additional reporting from the Globe:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Goaltender Rogie Vachon said Gordie Howe played a role in the netminder's long and legendary career.
Vachon received a surprise start for his first NHL game of his career in the 1966-67 season against the Detroit Red Wings. Howe took the puck from the blueline in on a breakaway and fired the Red Wings’ first shot on goal of the game on Vachon.
“I don’t know if I closed my eyes when he shot but I stopped him,” Vachon said. “That probably kept me in the league for 16 years.”
On Monday, it was announced Vachon was part of the Hockey Hall of Fame's newest induction class. It's an honor many believed was long overdue for Vachon who reitred after 1981-82 after a career mostly known for his successes with the Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings. He also had shorter stints with the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins.
After he started to become eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame, every year he felt disappointment as other players of his era would get a call to tell them they would be inducted.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Nearly 20 years after retiring, Sergei Makarov has been named as part of the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame Class, joining Pat Quinn, Rogie Vachon and Eric Lindros.
“Oh my gosh, the wait is over,” is what Hall Chairman Lanny MacDonald said Makarov responded with when told the great news from his home in Russia.
Markarov’s case is a unique one in that his resumes on the NHL and international level are impressive, and in a year where there weren’t any slam-dunk candidates, the former Soviet star will finally get enshrined in Toronto this coming November.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The Ottawa Senators were expecting big things from Alex Chiasson. He was one of the key pieces going from the Dallas Stars to the Ottawa Senators in the trade for Jason Spezza nearly two years ago. However, Chiasson just never seemed to catch on with the Sens.
Per the collective bargaining agreement, the Senators would have had to qualify Chiasson at the bare minimum of $1.2-million; what he made last season. Teams have until 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, June 27 to make qualifying offers to their RFAs in order to retain their rights.
According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Chiasson had yet to receive his qualifying offer from the Senators and hinted that a trade could be in the works.
A few hours later, the trade came down with Chiasson going to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Patrick Sieloff. Shortly thereafter, the Flames signed Chiasson to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Two recently released Buffalo police reportsshed some details on alleged physical harassment incidents involving Evander Kane at a Buffalo bar early last Friday morning.
One report said, “While inside Bottoms Up nightclub, suspect threatened complainant and made derogatory comments to her. While outside in the parking lot of bar, suspect grabbed complainant around the throat and tried pushing her into his car.”
Another noted, “that while inside Bottoms Up, suspect grabbed her by the arms and tried forcing her out of the bar.”
Bottom’s Up is a nightclub on Chippewa Street.
According to WVIB last weekend, the investigation was in its “preliminary stages.” No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Eric Lindros is a Hockey Hall of Famer.
Lindros, who dominated for a stretch of years with the Philadelphia Flyers before concussions cut his years short, was elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday along with Sergei Makarov, the long-time Russian scoring champ; Rogie Vachon, long-time NHL goaltender; and coaching great Pat Quinn as a builder.
Lindros is 19th in NHL history in points per game average with 1.138. He won the Hart and the Pearson in 1995. He has just 760 NHL career games, however, in a concussion-plagued career. But after Cam Neely and Pavel Bure made the Hockey Hall of Fame, the lack of games-played became less controversial. And as Bure showed, the operative word in the title of the place is FAME.
Lindros had it. He changed the game in the 1990s. He belongs here.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
As you could imagine, Jaromir Jagr is a pretty popular fella in his home country of the Czech Republic. So now that he’s back overseas preparing for the 2016-17 NHL season, the paparazzi over there can’t help but want to snag a photograph of the hockey legend.
One such inspired photographer decided to wait outside Jagr’s home earlier this month to snap a shot of the 44-year-old Florida Panthers forward and his girlfriend, Veronika. He was so determined for a snapshot, he was willing to wait a very long time.
After a while, Jagr went outside to speak to him. When it appeared the man wouldn’t be leaving anytime soon, Jagr wanted to make sure his visitor didn’t starve, so he had a snack prepared for him.
When Jagr approached the photographer with the meal, he explained, “You deserve this for your patience. Hockey taught me to respect my opponents.”
Jagr, who just won his 12th Golden Hockey Stick award
Hopefully the photographer enjoyed his meal and will leave Jagr and his girflriend alone for the rest of the summer.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
There are plenty of reasons why there were lackluster ratings for Sportsnet’s second season of its billion-dollar deal with the NHL. Chiefly, it’s because it's a Canadian network covering Canadian teams that all finished outside the playoffs; and in the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the primary team it covers was intentionally attempting to lose as much as possible.
But this is a $5.2-billion, 12-year NHL deal. Which means anything that doesn’t meet lofty expectations was going to necessitate changes. And the changes have arrived.
We already learned that George Stroumboulopoulos would be replaced as host by the host he replaced, Ron MacLean. In fact, Stroumboulopoulos has left the company.
“George is an extremely versatile and creative broadcaster and we value the contributions he made to Hockey Night in Canada. We look forward to seeing what his next great project will be,” said Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers. “We are continually evaluating and evolving our broadcasts to deliver the best experience for fans.”